Early on Monday morning, four astronauts dressed in their flight suits climbed onto the spacecraft named “Crew Dragon”. Elasticity.
But they did not go home. In contrast, NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well as Japanese astronaut Noguchi Noguchi, are all preparing to move the “Crew by Dragon” spacecraft for the first time.
In the course of 38 minutes, the spacecraft successfully retreated from the “Harmony” module of the International Space Station to a distance of 60 meters from the large laboratory. Under the power of its Draco thrusters, Elasticity It then redirects itself to dock with another port on the Harmony module.
In this autonomous operation, Elasticity Moved from the module’s “forwarding” port to its “zenith” port. The reason for this reorganization is that it is expected that the Crew Dragon with four other astronauts will arrive at the space station within a few weeks, and the Cargo Dragon is planned to be carried out in June.
This is SpaceX’s 22nd cargo mission, which will carry large solar panels in its trunk for use in the space station. The cargo dragon must be docked on the Zenith port so that the large robotic arm of the space station can grasp the panel to install the space station. If it is docked to the forward port, the arm cannot reach the “trunk” of the spacecraft.
So on monday Elasticity Moved to this Zenith port. This will allow the next crew mission scheduled to be launched before April 22 to dock at Qiangang.then Elasticity The CRS-22 cargo mission will depart in late April and will stop at Zenith Port for free.
We admit that this may be a bit confusing, but most importantly, SpaceX Dragons is causing traffic jams on the track. Of course, NASA is very happy to have American spacecraft to provide cargo and crew for the station.
So, if the entire procedure is autonomous, why should there be four occupants in the car? For the Crew-1 mission with Hopkins, Glover, Walker and Noguchi, Elasticity It’s their ride home. Therefore, even if they have never touched the flight control device, the crew still needs to enter the spacecraft in case an emergency occurs (which is unlikely anyway), and they need to interrupt the maneuver and return to Earth. Fortunately, that did not happen.
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